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Young Adults Seemingly Unaware of Dangers of Driving High

Young Adults Seemingly Unaware of Dangers of Driving High

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

A study conducted through the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a troubling look at the cavalier attitude some young people have toward marijuana use and driving. The study surveyed 315 college freshmen hailing from two separate state institutions in Washington and Wisconsin. Of those surveyed, one out of five told researchers that they had used marijuana within the past 30 days.

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Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Masculinity is a general term for the personal and social attributes attributed to teenage boys and men. As is true with other societies throughout the world, many young men in the U.S. feel the need to fulfill common social expectations for masculine behavior. In a study published in May 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from Canada’s University of Western Ontario examined the impact that a classically masculine outlook has on the beliefs that young men hold about alcohol use, in addition to examining masculinity’s impact on the odds of participating in heavy episodic drinking, also known as binge drinking.

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Why Holistic Treatment Should be Considered When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Why Holistic Treatment Should be Considered When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Posted on July 1st, 2014

It can be a painful journey to the moment when a person is ready to seek help in overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction. Usually there has been a time when the person attempted to hide the addiction. Then there is often a period when substance abuse causes great turmoil within the family. By the time the person has finally agreed to treatment, everyone feels exhausted. And yet, there are more decisions ahead.

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Tips for Enjoying a Sober 4th of July

Tips for Enjoying a Sober 4th of July

Posted on June 30th, 2014

Holidays can be a risky time for people who are newly sober. Statistics show that as many as 50 percent of people in recovery experience at least one relapse. For many people, relapses can be triggered by family functions where alcohol is being consumed, making July 4 a day fraught with danger.

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10 Ways to Be Happy When You’re Not

10 Ways to Be Happy When You’re Not

Posted on June 27th, 2014

Enjoying life when things are going smoothly is simple, but when the rough times appear it can be so much harder to be contented. Yet whatever your circumstances and more significantly whoever you are, you can discover how to be happy even when you’re not.

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Which Genetic Factors Increase Susceptibility to Alcoholism?

Which Genetic Factors Increase Susceptibility to Alcoholism?

Posted on June 26th, 2014

Doctors and researchers know that some of the risks for developing alcoholism are passed on genetically from generation to generation. In a study published May/June 2014 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of California, Los Angeles assessed the potential impact of two genetic variations that can make any given person more likely to perceive alcohol consumption as a rewarding or pleasurable experience. These researchers concluded that the two variations apparently produce their alcoholism-related risks when they appear in an individual together rather than separately.

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The Effects of Addiction on Relationships

The Effects of Addiction on Relationships

Posted on June 25th, 2014

The number of Americans addicted to either drugs or alcohol has reached roughly 130 million, according to a WorldNetDaily article. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in an average year 30 million Americans will drive while intoxicated and 10 million will drive while under the influence of illicit drugs. Even with the rising number of individuals who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, many do not understand what addiction really is.

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Which Came First, Drinking or Depression?

Which Came First, Drinking or Depression?

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Some people choose to drink in order to feel brighter and less inhibited in social settings. But perhaps a greater number choose to drink in order to dull the pain of life’s difficulties. Sometimes this decision to drown sorrows and stress in alcohol becomes a regular way of coping with any frustration or disappointment. That’s when drinking can be a sign of depression.

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Caring for the Children of Addicts to Break the Cycle

Caring for the Children of Addicts to Break the Cycle

Posted on June 20th, 2014

Children suffer when they are raised by addicted parents. Even if those parents are not physically or emotionally abusive, they are focused on themselves and their own needs rather than their children. The kids suffer by being neglected and by not having their needs met. And while it’s possible for the child of an addict to come through the experience as a healthy adult, many suffer lasting consequences. Not least of these is addiction. The cycle of addiction passed on from parent to child is hard to break, but can be disrupted if we take better care of the littlest people who suffer when adults are addicted.

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Why Addicts Always Choose Drugs over Love

Why Addicts Always Choose Drugs over Love

Posted on June 19th, 2014

A Hopeless Ultimatum: ‘It’s Me or the Drugs’.

When you love an addict, you spend a lot of time and energy hoping he or she will change. You probably put up with a lot of unacceptable behavior. The addict may steal from you, lie to you and make promises that he doesn’t keep. He or she may disappear for days on end and neglect you or other family members, including children. The person you fell in love with doesn’t seem to be there anymore.

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How to Help an Addict in the Family

How to Help an Addict in the Family

Posted on June 17th, 2014

The disease of addiction doesn’t just affect the addict; it impacts all members of the family. If you have lived with an addict for any length of time, you know that the hold drugs or other substances have had on your loved one have caused extreme turbulence and unpredictability for your whole family. The stress that you have experienced can be compared to having a major trauma every day, such as a plane crash.

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10 Quick and Easy Mood Boosters

10 Quick and Easy Mood Boosters

Posted on June 16th, 2014

When it comes to getting happier, little things mean a lot. The mood pick-me-ups below are quick, easy and drug-free. They might not solve every problem in your life, but they can help keep a bad moment from turning into a lousy day, and that can put you in a better frame of mind for tackling the big stuff.

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Can Young Adults Accurately Self-Report Substance Abuse?

Can Young Adults Accurately Self-Report Substance Abuse?

Posted on June 13th, 2014

When doctors and other health professionals want to assess the risks for substance abuse in any given individual, they can use a well-regarded questionnaire called the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test, or ASSIST. However, people do not typically use ASSIST as a tool for self-assessment outside of a visit to a doctor’s office. In a study scheduled for publication in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of Brazilian researchers sought to determine if young adults who take the ASSIST questionnaire on their own can accurately self-report behavior that may indicate the presence of substance abuse.

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